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Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus: The situation in the EU's Southern neighbourhood is of concern to all Member States


On Monday, April 13, at the meeting of European Union and Southern neighbourhood foreign ministers in Barcelona, Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus stressed that Estonia estimates that in order to further develop European Neighbourhood Policy, it is necessary to deal with topics which offer concrete solutions. “The development of European Union's Southern neighbourhood and the security situation there is equally important to all Member States, regardless of geographic location,” the foreign minister said.

“The European Southern Partnership can be effective and can actually help the security and development of the entire region if this policy is created with the Southern partners by discussing goals and concrete steps,” Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus emphasized. “The various needs and expectations of the partner countries must be considered.”

The Estonian Foreign Minister noted that the issues which require more attention in European Neighbourhood Policy are cooperation in the field of security, and also, for example, mobility, energy and trade.

“Estonia has shared its experience of using information technology and e-services for creating a more open society. We have had successful cooperation with the Palestinian Authority in developing e-government and there is an ongoing project with Tunisia,” Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said. “Both parties have much useful to learn from such joint projects.”

The goal of the Informal Ministerial Meeting on the future of European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) on April 13 in Barcelona is to involve the European Union’s Southern neighbours and to jointly discuss topics related to the further development of the European Neighbourhood Policy as well as common regional points of interest such as immigration, energy issues, security and terrorism. The meeting was convened by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, and the foreign ministers of Spain and Latvia. On May 21 and 22, the Eastern Partnership Summit will take place in Riga, Latvia, organized by Latvia as the current holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


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